Aer Lingus Flies to China To Collect Life Saving Supplies
Aer Lingus will fly Aerbus A330 planes back and forth to Beijing 60 times in the coming weeks to collect life saving equipment ordered by the HSE.
Dozens of pilots and engineers have volunteered to complete this mission risking their own health for Ireland. Volunteers have been warned not to exit the planes and if they go against guidelines will have to quarantine.
Airbus A330 planes are usually for passengers but none will be on-board. The front section of the plane will be sealed off for staff to rest and the remainder of the seats will be packed with gear. The initial plan is to collect 660 tonnes and this will include ventilators, PPE, masks, goggles, testing kits and more.
Pilots were sorting out visas earlier this week and The Chinese Embassy in Ireland have waived visa fees for pilots as an act of kind gesture during this crisis. The Chinese government have also said they will do everything possible to help Aer Lingus out on these journeys.
The first trip is due to take place this Saturday and the airline's chief is hoping to begin five daily return trips from Tuesday onwards.
An Aer Lingus spokesperson said,: “Aer Lingus is fully committed to working with our government and all of the relevant authorities to support the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.”